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Meet the opposition | Hull City
As Swansea City prepare to head to Hull on Friday, we take a closer look at the Tigers.
What’s their story?
After being relegated from the Premier League in 2017, the Tigers are starting their third-successive season back in the Championship.
The East Yorkshire club will be hopeful of launching a promotion push having shown themselves adept at plotting a path to the Premier League.
Indeed, Hull have had three stints in the top-flight in the past 11 years, first reaching the Premier League via the play-offs in 2008.
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How’s their form?
To put it in context, those games included meetings with Chelsea in the FA Cup, plus league defeats to in-form Derby, Fulham and Brentford.
Nevertheless, it is a run that has seen the Tigers fall 10 points behind the play-off place and they have not been helped by a number of injuries.
Who’s the boss?
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After hanging up his boots, McCann got his first taste of management with his old club Peterborough.
He took over as the caretaker manager twice, before being made permanent manager at the start of the 2016-2017 campaign, remaining at the helm until February 2018.
His services were secured by Doncaster Rovers the following summer, and he had an excellent first season in charge, helping them reach the League One play-offs.
They didn’t achieve promotion but Belfast-born McCann's exploits had attracted a number of admirers and Hull moved to appoint him following the departure of Nigel Adkins.
Who are the key men?
Jarrod Bowen had once again been topping Hull’s goalscoring charts this season, but the 17-goal forward departed on deadline day to Premier League West Ham.
The Tigers also lost Kamil Grosicki (seven goals and five assists) to West Brom during the January window.
Tom Eaves – signed after leaving Gillingham last summer – has also netted seven goals, while Josh Magennis has chipped in with four.